it in her stride

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giv­ing it stars? Scary. But it did all right, didn’t it?” “I re­mem­ber the first track I ever did be­ing played on Rinse. Sitting in my kitchen, I couldn’t get over the fact that some­one in north Lon­don might be lis­ten­ing to my voice.” Com­par­isons have nat­u­rally been made to Adele, who kept her al­bum off the top spot, and Jessie J. Like Katie, both are Lon­don girls who grad­u­ated from the per­form­ing arts school in Croy­don. It’s lazy, per­haps, but the mu­sic in­dus­try likes putting artists in boxes. Katie’s typ­i­cally re­laxed about such sug­ges­tions, as she seems about most things. “Well, I guess I am a girl,” she said. “They’re ob­vi­ously girls as well, but ev­ery­one’s got their own style. It’s fine, I don’t mind com­par­isons, re­ally.” Be­fore her own al­bum, Katie had lent her voice to a num­ber of tracks over the past three or four years, most no­tably Good Life with DJ Geeneus, who runs Rinse FM, and Mag­netic Man’s Per­fect Stranger. It’s of­ten thought the role of fea­tured artist is an un­ful­fill­ing one – Katie, how­ever, would have been quite happy with that ca­reer path. “I love singing on peo­ple’s records,” she beams. “No of­fence, but fea­tured artists don’t have to do in­ter­views. I’m quite a shy per­son, so the idea of peo­ple quot­ing what I say is re­ally daunt­ing. I don’t re­ally like hav­ing my pic­ture taken. “It’s amaz­ing to have the chance to do my own thing, but re­ally I just love singing.”

COOL CUS­TOMER: Katie B just fo­cuses on singing.

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